Starting a Blog
So all this got me to thinking about the sort of things I wish I had known from the jump off. What would I want to share with him to help? Why not share it with everyone? I am not a blogging genius. Haha, that may be obvious, but even so like Sommer said, "...I still learn something new every week..." But I can at least try to share what I have learned. I jumped into blogging at the suggestion of a friend, and it was unbelievably off the cuff. It went a little something like this. I knew nothing and that was frustrating.
Start with your own custom domain!
- You don't know if you will like this Blogging thing, but chances are you will. So you don't want to build any sort of a following only to find out once you are committed that the domain name you want is taken. Pick one and stick with it. You can start for about $20 for a year!
- If you don't like it, you are only out $20.00.
- To help build your following, it's a lot easier to go by www.sublimedream.com vs. www.sublimebynature.blogspot.com . Ugh my fingers are aching. Okay, not really (well yes really, only that's arthritis), but it's soooo much easier to remember Sublime Dream right?
Hook up with a blogging network!
- For me, finding SITS was a game changer! It taught me so much and helped me find where I belonged in the "blogosphere".
- Finding people you want to follow and comment with builds relationships, which (to me) is the point of blogging.
Learn about social media
- Learn how to use at least one platform really well. Better to be a master of one than a jack of all platforms
- Figure out what is going to help you, and what will just eat up your time.
Use a comment platform like Intense Debate
- I love that you can reply to specific comments
- The plug-ins are great, which leads me to...
Use the plug-ins available through intense debate like:
- CommentLuv- and register your site with CommentLuv as well!
- Spell Check
- Facebook & Twitter share buttons- Go explore
Set your profile picture up with Gravatar
- People will remember you better if they have a "face to go with the name". I know I certainly remember other bloggers much better when I have an image that pops into my head when I see the name.
While there is surely a whole lot more to add, I think those are the basic starters, but I'll leave you with this:
- You can't make blogging your whole life, or else you won't have a life to blog about.
- If you don't make time for it though... you will also quickly kill your momentum like this.